France: Data 2018

In this chapter, 60 leading lights are recognised for their work handling both contentious and non-contentious data-related legal matters including information technology, telecoms and media and data protection and security.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bradley Joslove Franklin, Paris
2. Claire Bernier ADSTO, Paris
3. Alexandra Neri Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris
4. Alexander B Blumrosen KAB - Kuckenburg Bureth Boineau et Associes, Paris
5. Alain Bensoussan Lexing Alain Bensoussan Avocats, Paris
6. Raphaël Dana Frieh Associés, Paris
7. Thierry Dor Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris
8. Florence Chafiol August & Debouzy, Paris

Specialist digital and technology firm LEXING ALAIN BENSOUSSAN AVOCATS sees three leading practitioners recommended.
Alain Bensoussan is one of France’s best-established computer law experts and is a highly respected name in all aspects of tech law, where he has over 30 years of experience. One source says, “Alain is the top IT lawyer in France.”
Benoit de Roquefeuil is recommended as a prominent name when it comes to IT transactions and disputes. He heads the firm’s litigation department and has strong expertise in pre-litigation strategy.
Frédéric Forster receives praise for his work in the telecoms space and is well known for his knowledge of sector-related contract negotiation, litigation and risk and insurance matters.

Three standout names are recommended at BERSAY & ASSOCIES.
Delphine Touboul is widely regarded as an expert in IT law and related IP matters. She is well respected for her knowledge of commercial contracts and the protection of personal data.
Martine Georges-Naïm is a well-recognised name in the telecoms space and is considered a specialist in the field of electronic communications, particularly in regulatory and competition matters.
Emmanuel Schulte is a go-to practitioner for competition matters across the EU who stands out for her excellent work relating to the data and technology space.

International firm BIRD & BIRD also sees three lawyers recommended.
Ariane Mole is “one of the leading lights in data protection law”, according to respondents. She receives widespread praise for her work in the field privacy and protection, including her knowledge of GDPR.
Marion Barbier stands out for her in-depth expertise in IT litigation and boasts over 15 years of experience handling dispute resolution in Paris and internationally.
Stéphane Leriche is recognised for his excellent work in relation to commercial IT matters and is praised for his impressive handling of related transactions.

DE GAULLE FLEURANCE & ASSOCIÉS achieves three listings in this chapter.
Louis de Gaulle is a highly respected figure in disputes and transactional matters and is frequently instructed to handle sector-related cases before civil, administrative and arbitral courts. One source says, “Louis is the top media lawyer in France.”
Charles-Edouard Renault is highly experienced in media law and receives widespread praise for his advisory work as well as his first-class advocacy.
Julien Horn is a go-to name on IT litigation and has significant expertise in the field. One respondent notes his highly visible presence in the market saying he is “very much at the heart of TMT”.

Global full-service law firm DLA PIPER sees three names recommended.
Stéphane Lemarchand is well known in the IT space and is regularly called upon to assist service providers in both litigation and non-contentious strategy. One source praises him as “clearly among the leaders in France”.
Denise Lebeau-Marianna stands out for her first-rate work advising clients on global compliance and data protection, areas in which sources note she has “a strong practice”.
Florence Guthfreund-Roland is well regarded for her advisory and litigation work for multinational clients. She is highly experienced in telecoms, media, internet, e-commerce and data privacy matters.

Boutique firm FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE specialises in IT law and sees three top names recognised this year.
Name partner Christiane Féral-Schuhl is “well known” for her long-standing work in technology law which spans internet, telecoms, media and data privacy matters.
Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie is highly respected in the field of information and technology law and is a firm favourite among clients who include IT service companies and major users of information systems.
Olivier de Courcel has over 15 years of experience in IT and communications where he is well versed in handling a range of related transactional and commercial matters.

Two standout practitioners from FIELDFISHER are recognised here.
Bruno Ducoulombier is a well-known presence in the French market for his work in technology, privacy and outsourcing. He is highlighted by sources as an expert in new technologies and IP-related matters.
Christopher Mesnooh comes highly recommended for his corporate finance and foreign direct investment work in the e-commerce, cloud computing and technology licensing space.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL also sees two lawyers recommended.
Thierry Dor is a standout name who is “very well known on the IT side” where he provides expert advice for both French and international clients. He also has significant experience handling e-commerce, social networks and personal data processing and transfers.
Olivier Cousi is highly visible in the market for his work in media, telecoms and technology matters. He is widely regarded as an expert on criminal and commercial disputes in the field.

National law firm AUGUST & DEBOUZY achieves two listings.
Florence Chafiol is a leading name in the field of technology and IT law. She has in-depth experience handling digital and internet-related projects and is frequently instructed to act on both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Mahasti Razavi is a widely recognised expert on technology contracts and components and possesses over 20 years of experience in the field.

PINSENT MASONS sees two practitioners recognised.
Annabelle Richard receives widespread praise for her expertise in e-commerce, online gaming and data protection where she is highly visible in the market.
Frédéric Ichay is “a definite name for inclusion” according to respondents, who commend his particularly strong knowledge of the South East Asian market as well as his impressive work across the IT and telecoms space.

Two practitioners from BAKER MCKENZIE achieve nominations here.
Rémy Bricard stands “at the very top of the market” on IT matters. He advises start-ups and larger companies on cross-border IT and communications transactions including investment into IT and communications companies.
Laurent Szuskin is a go-to name on the IT side where he is praised for his expert handling of sector-related transactions as well as complex contractual matters and disputes.

Bradley Joslove of FRANKLIN receives widespread acclaim for his work in the IT field. His expertise in digital law puts him at the top of the market and he is frequently called on to advise service providers and customers on matters including cloud computing and data privacy.

ADSTO’s Claire Bernier is a standout name on data protection litigation. She is also vastly experienced in cybercrime and criminal matters including invasion of privacy and identity theft.

Alexandra Neri at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is well known for her fantastic work on national and cross-border infringement cases in internet and technology-related IP matters.

At KAB - KUCKENBURG BURETH BOINEAU ET ASSOCIES Alexander Blumrosen is a distinguished arbitrator and litigator with over 25 years of experience in the market. He frequently represents technology companies on cybersecurity and data disputes around the world.

Raphaël Dana of FRIEH ASSOCIÉS is highly respected for his expertise in IP and IT matters on e-commerce and significant projects as well as GDPR and international data transfer and breach cases.

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